Quick Hit: six years later, New Orleans still doesn’t have functional levees

According to Nola.com:

A new Army Corps of Engineers rating system for the nation’s levees is about to deliver a near-failing grade to New Orleans area dikes, despite the internationally acclaimed $10 billion effort to rebuild the system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, corps officials have confirmed. Preliminary rankings obtained by The Times-Picayune show that the corps believes there’s still a significant risk of flooding from major hurricanes or river floods that are greater than the design heights of Mississippi River levees and hurricane levees on both the east and west banks. In both cases, the levees were rated Class II or “urgent (unsafe or potentially unsafe),” on a scale of I to V, with V representing normal or “adequately safe.”

Can someone please help me understand this?!

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  1. Posted August 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s a bit like the crumbling infrastructure all over the country. There isn’t enough money to properly fix it. Here in DC, there isn’t the money to fix all the constant water mains that break.

    They can only do a one at a time, as it breaks. Some of them are more than a century old.

    • Posted August 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      Awwwwww crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Hope they don’t break on any of us

  2. Posted August 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Looking around at other articles, the plan was apparently for them to finish either sometime this year or next year before hurricane season. So they may well actually be on schedule.

    I’m seeing some questioning, though, on the standards to which they are being built. The Congressional authorization specified one level and some think they should be built to a higher level of protection.

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